Witching Hour #3 - Bernie Wrightson, Alex Toth art

Witching Hour v1 #3, 1969 - In one of Bernie Wrightson's earliest works, a man is transported to another world to fight an army. Page layouts vary wildly, but each panel showcases his exceptional brushwork. Wrightson puts special attention on shadows and modeling faces (see interior page below). Alex Toth does similarly well on the first three framing pages, but falters on his interior story. His tale of a despotic ruler and his precious wheel is erratically paced and drawn. One bright spot is the splendid Mike Sekowsky / Nick Cardy cover. Other artists in this issue include Jack Sparling. This is number 1 of 2 Witching Hour issues with Wrightson art and/or covers and number 2 of 10 Witching Hour issues with Toth art and/or covers.
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Toth pencils (Bill Draut inks?) 3 framing pages = ***
"The Turn of the Wheel" Toth story pencils (Vince Colletta inks) 8 pages = **
"And In a Far Off Land" Wrightson story pencils and inks 8 pages = ***

Alex Toth
Bernie Wrightson
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